Thanks everyone. The recipe I have is from a French kids cookbook and you make a broccoli souffle with fromage blanc to start instead of doing a roux then white sauce. Do you think fromage frais will work? I'd like to try it as it cuts out one stage of preparation and we have a coeliac who visits sometimes so this would be a great recipe for her.
No it doesn't. :p "Fromage blanc(also known asmaquée) is afresh cheeseoriginating from the north of Franceand the south ofBelgium. The name means "white cheese" inFrench.Fromage fraisDIFFERS fromfromage blancin that, according to French legislation." It's literally the first paragraph and all the cream specialist sites agree.
As a french person who has now lived in the uk for 4 years, I can also assure you that fromage frais and fromage blanc are COMPLETELY different.You can however substitute it with Greek yogurt(almost exactly) or Quark(very slightly different) depending on the usage as Fromage blanc is practically impossible to find here in the UK.